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Author Topic: Transmission via shavers, razors etc.  (Read 694 times)

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Transmission via shavers, razors etc.
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:22:40 PM »
Firstly sorry for my bad English.

I used a razor from some stranger and I cut myself. My chin bled (not considerably but quite a bit - some blood drops). Before that incident, no one had used that razor for quite a while - a few days or more I think. Is there any risk here? I heard that HIV cannot survive long outside the body, and after a few hours it will become inactive and pose no threat?

Another question: what about using a nose hair shaver? Can the virus stay and get through the mucous membrane inside the nose?

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Re: Transmission via shavers, razors etc.
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 09:32:44 PM »
You never had an exposure.

HIV is unable to reproduce outside its living host (unlike many bacteria or fungi, which may do so under suitable conditions), except under laboratory conditions; therefore, it does not spread or maintain infectiousness outside its host.

HIV is transmitted by;
Unprotected penetrative anal and/or vaginal sex
Sharing works with other IV drug users
Mother to child

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Re: Transmission via shavers, razors etc.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 05:16:54 AM »
nqt,

As Rodney said, you have not had a risk for hiv infection in either scenario.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you are NOT going to become infected from objects in the environment, including but not limited to personal hygiene items.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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Re: Transmission via shavers, razors etc.
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2014, 11:23:39 PM »
Thank you so much for both of your replies,

From what you say as well as what I have read from the forum, as long as I don't have unprotected sex or use/share needles, I won't have any exposure. So environmental surface and objects are not means of transmission, which means I cannot get hiv via touching or using things, unless I hurt myself badly with something with visible, if not a large amount of blood on it that has just been used by someone else? And when you say hiv dies quickly outside the body it means it dies after seconds, doesn't it?

I am a little bit paranoid so my questions may be quite irrational. Thank you in advance.

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Re: Transmission via shavers, razors etc.
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2014, 11:28:58 PM »
Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, you are NOT going to become infected from objects in the environment, including but not limited to personal hygiene items.

Use condoms for anal and vaginal sex and you will avoid HIV ... its just that simple .

 


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